Incoming leader of South Gloucestershire’s opposition Liberal Democrat group, Claire Young, will propose a ban on disposable cups at council-run facilities at this month’s meeting of Council. If the Council approve the motion on May 16th, it is believed that South Gloucestershire will be the first local authority in the country to take such a radical step.
Claire Young said: “We decided to take this step after a question from my colleague Cllr John O’Neill to the Conservative Administration revealed that the council used a shocking 36,000 disposable cups in 2017 – none of which can be recycled, because of the materials used. Like a number of other local authorities, South Gloucestershire has offered discounts for people who use reusable cups, but this clearly hasn’t solved the problem.
“We all have a duty to leave the planet in a decent state for our children. Eliminating the wasteful use of disposable cups is only a small step, but I firmly believe that public bodies like South Gloucestershire Council should be leading the way, not trailing behind. If the council wants local residents to reduce the amount of waste they throw away, then it really should practice what it preaches.
“I would call upon South Gloucestershire councillors of all parties to support this Liberal Democrat motion and pave the way for other local authorities to follow our lead.”